What is diarrhoea?

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   Posted 11/1/2007 12:41 AM (GMT -7)   
This may seem a strange question but can very soft but formed motions which come out in a rush be described as diarrhoea? I am not actually producing uncontrollably runny faeces. Also, once I have made that fairly urgent first trip to the bathroom I am OK for the rest of the day apart from dealing with the discomfort of the rectal "ball"!!

Have felt quite weary the past couple of days but it is hard to extrapolate any IBS involvement with this symptom from possible menopausal symptoms.

Someone has told me that a product like Fybogel might help but I would have thought this would only be of use to those suffering from constipation. Can it have any benefit to those of us who are "the other way"?!

Many thanks

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   Posted 11/1/2007 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
D is usually runny or very very loose consistancy, anything thicker than that is mush or play-doh poop consistancy if it's not completely formed.
Here, check out this link...go to the bottom of the page and see the "Bristol stool form chart"


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

Post Edited (pb4) : 11/1/2007 9:57:09 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 11/1/2007 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   

Some people have soft, mushy sort of poops all the time; it's normal for them.  If this is a departure from your normal poops, then yes, it can be a sign of IBS symptoms.  If it stays like this for a long time, though, it may be your new normal.


Have you added any new medications--including vitamins or supplements or protein powders--since this started?  Many medicines will affect your bowel movements.  Sometimes your body adjusts, and sometimes you just have to redefine what's normal. 


Also, look at your diet.  Have you added anything new lately?  A glass of fruit juice for breakfast?  A salad every day with lunch?  A coke in the afternoons to perk you up?  It doesn't take a lot to make that kind of change.  Even just taking something you are okay with--fruit juice before bed--and moving when you consume it--fruit juice for breakfast--can change your bowels.  Or consuming too much of something or consuming it too often.  I'm okay having some Kool-Aid, but I can't have lots of it day in and day out; either the fake sugar or the acid in the Kool-Aid, or the Vitamin C (or all of them) will start making me have D. 


While soft, mushy poop can be considered D, with only having one poop a day, I don't think a doctor will see that as D.  If, however, you feel the need to go to the bathroom, but have no stool (what I call a phantom poop), that can be a form of D.  Otherwise, needing to rush to the bathroom and having an explosive bowel movement is just IBS and isn't D, per say.  Even if your stool was perfectly normal, the need to rush and the explosiveness of it would probably indicate IBS.  Some people have poops that fall within the "normal" range, but still have IBS symptoms, which not only can include the rushing and the exploding, but gas, cramping, and an inability to tolerate a number of foods (and a few other things I'm probably forgetting). 

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